AutoFlightX V880 Cargo
AutoFlightX was founded in February of 2018 by CEO Tian Yu (formerly Yuneec International Electric Aviation). AutoFlightX is dedicated to the development, production, sales and operation of electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs). The company uses the aviation network of the Munich Metropolitan Region as well as the Technical University of Munich. Their philosophy for making eVTOL aircraft is reliability, sustainability and most importantly, safety first.
The AutoFlightX V880 is an uncrewed cargo-only electric eVTOL aircraft has eight propellers for vertical flight and one pusher propeller for forward flight with canard wings. The aircraft has two fixed rear wheels and one fixed forward landing skid. Not much is known about this eVTOL cargo aircraft but a full scale prototype was revealed to the public in the fall of 2019.
The aircraft has a cargo pod underneath the main fuselage which is detachable and has a maximum takeoff weight of 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs). The advantage of having a detachable pod for cargo is it makes loading and unloading faster. If equipped, will allow remote or autonomous loading and unloading easier, allowing the aircraft with or without a pod, increasing the efficiency of the aircraft.
One of its safety features of the aircraft includes Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP). This means having multiple VTOL propellers and multiple motors on the aircraft which provides safety through redundancy. If one, two ore more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL cargo drone
- Capacity: Cargo only (no pilot)
- Cargo pod: Attached to the bottom of the aircraft
- Piloting: Remote
- Maximum takeoff weight: 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs)
- Propellers for VTOL: 8
- Propeller for forward flight: 1
- Electric motors: 9
- Landing gear: Fixed, 2 rear fixed wheels, 1 forward landing skid
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft which provides safety through redundancy for its passengers or cargo. If one, two or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.